Microsoft patented in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office technology, which shows that the work is being done on the method of non-contact input, which can find its use in the devices of the upcoming Surface, notes Alan Friedman on the pages of the resource phonearena.com with reference to PatentlyApple.
Technology will allow the tablet to visually perceive user-implemented gestures. To do this, a depth camera similar to the TrueDepth Camera, known for Apple iPhone X, will be used.
The patent application appeared in the first quarter of 2016. In this context, it should be noted that the modern TrueDepth Camera uses a series of projected lines and dots that are a display of the screen image. The Microsoft patent also notes that a laser technology known as Time-Of-Flight can also be used in the input subsystem. It is reported that Apple is considering the possibility of using this technology in the upcoming TrueDepth Camera, which will be located on the front of the new iPhone.
Images to the patent show how the user’s finger controls the position of the cursor on the screen, without touching the display itself. Other actions, including multi-touch capabilities, require more than one finger to work and can also be performed without touching the device’s screen with fingers. It is reported that other technologies can be tracked through the technology in question, including a stylus. It can become not only a replacement for the touch screen, but also an addition to other input methods, among which, in addition to the touchscreen, a keyboard, a mouse and a game controller. The input method plays a huge role for users, since it is with its help that it interacts with any computer, including a mobile device.